Because it’s cold, I’m already getting nostalgic for November! Here are some things I loved the heck out of last month…
1. Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Sticks ($30 each)
These are super sheer compared to some other creams products out there, like the MAC Cream Colour Bases, but don’t walk away just yet. I don’t really use them when I’m gonna be taking pics for MBB, because they’re too subtle for photography, but for regular life, like when I’m wearing the most minimal of minimal makeup (a recurring theme when you live with a demanding tabby and a toddler), they’re B-O-M-B. They add just enough color to cheeks and lips to liven things up so I don’t look totally dead, ha ha.
I blend concealer under my eyes and skip the tinted moisturizer/foundation completely, then plop on a coat of mascara, and dab and blend one of these tints on my cheeks and lips.
It’s a very Megan Markle makeup look, and I’m into it.
Comes in six shades. I wear the Berry the most.
2. Juno & Co Microfiber Velvet Sponge ($6 each, or four for $20)
You can use this soft and squishy makeup blending sponge wet or dry to apply or set foundation, powder and/or concealer. The surface of the sponge feels velvety, similar to velvet fabric, which makes a big difference in the finished look. It’s a more airbrushed and polished look than you get with the beautyblender-y makeup sponges out there.
3. R+Co Television Perfect Hair Shampoo and Conditioner ($30 each)
You know when your hair feels coated, weighed down and heavy? UGH, I hate that feeling. It’s like living with a family of filthy forest animals on your head 24/7. Anyway, with this shampoo and conditioner, you can completely avoid that issue. They’re for smoothing, moisturizing *and* volume, and they’re made for all hair types, from fine to thick and wavy like mine, and everything in between. When I use this set, my hair is what I call, “light and fluffy.” My only wish is that they came in bigger bottles!
The scent is lovely, too. I detect lavender, pineapple, tangerines and warm, white musk.
4. R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion ($29)
Again for the girls and guys who like hair that isn’t coated with a thick layer of goo. (R+Co is good at that.) This intense leave-in conditioner and frizz-fighter is just as moisturizing as their High Dive Moisture + Shine Cream (don’t even ask me how many bottles of that I’ve gone through), but it retains more volume in your strands, so it flattens the hair less than High Dive.
Both are brilliant, but if you have long or medium-length hair, and you’re all about floofy marshmallow volume, this is the one you’ll want, especially if you like violets, oranges and caramel, which is how it smells.
5. Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream ($47.50)
This no-frills mega-moisturizing face cream for dry skin doesn’t feel heavy and doesn’t make my combination skin break out.
It layers well with other skin care products and sits well under makeup, too, and you can get a big ol’ 4.2-oz. jar for $47.50, which is practically the same price, but double the amount of the product, as a similar moisturizer I used to buy from Clarins, which was 1.8 oz. for $48.
Sometimes I like to mix one or two drops of Fresh Seaberry Oil into it!
6. Fresh Seaberry Skin Nutrition Cleansing Oil ($42)
Speaking of Fresh Seaberry, this oil-based makeup removing cleanser is from the same product line, and it’s just as awesome. I didn’t think I’d ever find a cleansing oil that was just as good as the one by DHC, but this one is comparable. It’s more moisturizing than most cleansing oils (#dryskinproblems), and it completely removes all of my makeup, even waterproof eye stuff.
I love the thick, rich consistency, and I also like the slightly herbal smell.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,